A pandemic-induced loss of revenue in the final quarter of its financial year didn't stop major rug supplier Flair Flooring near maintaining full year sales in 2019–20.

The company behind the Stompa kids furniture brand in the U.K. made substantial six-figure gains in the year taking in the early weeks of the pandemic, building cash in the process.

A new Legal Hub for British furniture manufacturers launched Monday offering legal and business advice on subjects such as health and safety, employment, tax, contracts and data protection.

Symphony Group, one of the U.K.'s largest furniture manufacturers, is to invest in a large dual-purpose production warehouse adjacent to its existing factory at Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The overwhelming majority of U.K. furniture manufacturers are elevating the management of environmental challenges as a business priority, but all those taking part in a new research study say there is not yet a sector-wide strategy across the industry.

Raw materials and other furniture makers' input costs are rising at their fastest pace in almost 13 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Foam supply giants Greiner and Recticel could unite after the former said it was planning a takeover approach after already agreeing to buy more than a quarter of the company from a third party. Officials will meet Monday to discuss a deal.

Cost savings and state support helped mitigate a double-digit fall in revenue for Sanderson Design Group in the year to January 31, 2021.

Flooring wholesale conglomerate Headlam Group has appointed former Wickes CEO Simon King as a non-executive director.

Furniture manufacturers across the U.K. delivered their first annual rise in output in more than 12 months in March, according to new official figures published yesterday.

High-end furnishings group Sanderson Design Group hopes to expand distribution of its Morris & Co. brand across east and southeast Asia after penning a new exclusive licensing agreement.

Hampshire lighting supplier Elstead returned to profit in the year to July 31 last year as wider margin and lower costs helped mitigate a second straight slide in revenue.

A Nottinghamshire furniture manufacturer specialised in supplying the hotels and hospitality market says new debt finance will help it expand into new contract segments.

The CEO of major foam company Recticel says chemical raw materials supply remains constrained and the situation will endure longer than previously anticipated.

Fashion house Fendi and B&B Italia owner Design Holding are to form a joint venture to make, market and sell furniture and furnishings under the Fendi Casa brand.

Confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved as the retail sector emerged from lockdown restrictions to a surfeit of new orders.

Actona Company, the circa £230 million Danish furniture supplier, is expanding its herringbone cabinet offer to more countries as it builds on its popularity in the Scandinavian market.

Chaucer Logistics, a specialist provider of logistics services to the furniture sector, has begun a seven-figure expansion project that will see it add extra storage capacity before the end of 2021.

The price of materials and fuels used by U.K. furniture makers rose at its fastest pace in nearly three years in March, new official figures show.

The diversified wholesaler behind the Aruna Homeware business made sales gains in the period leading up to and including the early weeks of the pandemic, but not in its home accents unit.

Home office and workplace furniture maker and wholesaler Dams booked smaller profits on lower sales last year but continued to generate cash.

A rise in the number of shipments from Vietnam and China docking at U.K. ports floated living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports to new heights at the start of 2021.

February saw Britain's furniture makers complete a 12th straight month of declining year-on-year manufacturing turnover, according to new official figures.

Bed and bath textiles distributor and retailer Bedeck bolstered liquidity in the year to end September, mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on its business.

Sales jumped double-digit despite challenging market conditions for lighting supplier Cascade in 2019–20, but profits declined on thinner margins.

Upmarket furniture, lighting and accessories company Porta Romana was impacted by the early weeks of the pandemic, but it said it bounced back after the first lockdown.

Britain's home office furniture market shrank in 2020 despite the move to home-working according to a new report by AMA Research. It says that will reverse this year as consumers make more permanent home office arrangements.

Higher sales helped profits rise sharply for the group behind gift and homeware wholesaler Lesser & Pavey in the run-up to the pandemic.

Imports and exports of furniture and flooring fared worse than other goods and commodities in the first month since the end of the Brexit transition, initial Government data shows.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports reached record levels in January with retailers and wholesalers bringing in never-before seen levels from both China and Vietnam.

The National Lighting Company, one of Europe's largest suppliers of lighting to the retail market, found improvement last year despite the non-linear nature of trading through the pandemic.

The value of furniture output from U.K. furniture factories fell for the eleventh straight month on an annual basis in January according to official data out this morning.

Laura Ashley home ranges to be sold through the Next brand network will feature soft furnishings sourced through Ashley Wilde, the Hertfordshire headquartered fabrics group.

International interior furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has relaunched websites for all its individual brands along with refreshing its corporate presence online.

Headlam, Europe's largest flooring wholesaler, says it will add almost 40 new trade counters over the next four years in response to rising demand from retailers and fitters for click-and-collect.

Danish furniture design brand BoConcept and U.S. furnishings conglomerate Haworth have announced a strategic partnership they say will open up access to global markets for both entities.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to alternative materials and the pressures from specific consumer groups which might accelerate their adoption across the furniture trade.

The CEO of Recticel has pinned rising prices for foam at the door of the chemicals sector, citing numerous force majeure events for creating supply shortages of polyols and isocyanates.

Profits advanced at designer kitchenware and housewares brand Joseph Joseph in 2019–20 with the privately-owned design and wholesale company citing strong growth in the period since.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is supporting a series of virtual round table events as it looks to gather industry opinion on the sector's path to a net zero carbon future.

The new owner of the Laura Ashley brand and other intellectual property has agreed a manufacturing and product development partnership with Graham & Brown, the wallpaper and paints manufacturer.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output was down by more than a fifth in 2020 after falling in 11 of the 12 months of the year as the industry grappled with the virus and restrictions on trade.

The plug was pulled on the U.K. operation of a leading maker of high-end furniture for luxury yachts and private planes after it was adversely impacted by a range of factors including Covid-19.

Routine factory maintenance in the upstream foam supply chain could lead to further disruption for furniture manufacturers and their retail customers later this year, BFM has warned.

Diversified homewares distributor Sabichi booked seven-figure profits after a sharp rise in revenue in the year to October 31, 2020.

The co-founders of soft seating category leader Bazaar Group have sold a majority stake in the business to Comhar Capital to help fund expansion in the U.K. and mainland Europe.

Colefax Group, the fabrics and wallpaper company with a big international business, says sales have been more resilient despite the imposition of new restrictions across the U.K. and export markets.

One of the executive directors at high-end British furniture and lighting company Established & Sons now owns almost a fifth of the business following a share issue last year.

Furniture makers' price inflation climbed for the sixth straight month at the end of 2020 suggesting fears from within the sector of forceful headwinds ahead are well founded.

Furniture maker Ercol (ercol) returned to profit at EBITDA level in 2020 after orders and delivered turnover outperformed levels management were budgeting for during the first lockdown, its chairman said.

Profits at Sanderson Design Group, the luxury interiors manufacturer and wholesaler formerly known as Walker Greenbank, will rise after the company outperformed expectations.

The diversified furniture, mattress and home accents distribution group Gallery Direct built out revenue in 2019 including a 50 percent rise in U.K. sales. Profits fell on higher costs.

Danish furniture wholesale giant Actona has launched a programme of desks and chairs specially designed for gamers and the home office.

A management reorganisation helped speed up decision-making and boost profitability at household textiles giant Turner Bianca in 2019–20.

The company behind the Balmoral Furniture operation in Northern Ireland says it should break even in the year to March 2021 despite sales being hit by the pandemic.

British furniture manufacturing output continued to accelerate deep into the autumn but total production levels remain well down on last year as a result of the pandemic.

North West wholesaler recovers sales following a I.T. virus attack in the spring of 2019.

Sales grew for a fourth straight year at northeast distributor Baker Furniture despite the first lockdown clipping the final weeks of its financial year. Profits also climbed.

Cabinet imports climbed at their fastest pace in 18 months as distributors and wholesalers rushed to build inventory according to the latest Government figures.

Home and gift wholesaler Ancient Wisdom has agreed a ten-year lease on a recently refurbished distribution centre in Yorkshire.

North West carpet and flooring wholesaler Rolfe Carpets has agreed a multi-million deal for a new distribution centre in Accrington, a short distance from its current base.

Robust trading through the first wave of the pandemic helped furniture importer Seconique record sales growth and strong cash generation in 2019–20. Adjusted profits were also up on the previous year.

U.K. furniture companies are being quoted sky high prices to ship containers while inbound product is being delayed. Data compiled by The Furnishing Report already shows the strain on upholstery and cabinet at ports such as Felixstowe.

It is all change no change at Danish furniture maker Carl Hansen & Søn with control of the majority of shares in the company passing to the next generation.

David Phillips, a major supplier of furniture to the U.K. residential property market, says it hopes to find cost savings after undertaking a strategic review. It follows a year when the pandemic clipped revenue below £40 million but profitability improved.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has stressed the need for business owners to have made their factories Covid-secure, not just to protect employees but also to prevent falling foul of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Sales growth returned for Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies in 2019 with profits before non-cash and finance costs rising by more than a third.

U.K. competition watchdog opens investigation into lighting company, but says no view has yet been taken on how or whether to progress.

Executives behind the Jane Clayton home furnishings business are to launch a dedicated ecommerce store for the youthful mid-market Scion brand after striking a deal with the brand-owner Walker Greenbank.

The chief operating officer of Ercol Furniture (ercol) has left the manufacturer to complete a PhD with the heritage British brand appointing two senior existing executives to run the business on a day-to-day basis.

Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank has signed a licensing agreement with general retailer Next that will see new apparel, homeware and accents lines launched across three of its brands.

West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design has strengthened its board of directors with two senior hires, including the former CEO of office furniture and equipment group Bisley.

Only a third of British furniture manufacturers have so far passed on rising input costs to their customers despite the overwhelming majority being landed with price hikes by their suppliers.

Birlea Furniture invested millions of pounds expanding its East Midlands footprint last year as the furniture importer continued its drive to become the biggest player in the sector.

Ministry of Furniture (MoF), the privately-owned Neath company that emerged from Remploy Furniture back in 2014, has undergone a corporate reorganisation and rebranding process.

Furniture manufacturers' prices were higher for a third straight month on an annual basis in September in data yet to reflect a tsunami of raw material cost pressures incurred by U.K. producers.

Torben Villadsen is to step down as CEO at Actona Company after almost 25 years with the Denmark-based furniture design and wholesale business.

Earnings climbed at global furniture wholesaler Actona as the Denmark headquartered business found margin amid flat revenues.

Molteni&C, the designer furniture and lifestyle company, has formed a collaboration with the ultra-premium brand of consumer products giant LG Electronics.

It is unlikely that people will go back into the office in the same way as they did pre-pandemic according to a new report that has implications for the residential furniture sector.

A South Wales furniture maker with worldwide revenue north of £90 million has expanded into the residential sector with the launch of a comprehensive design-led home office and living collection.

The diversified home, gift and furniture wholesaler SIL slipped to a loss last year against a backdrop of weaker global growth and Brexit-related uncertainty.

Walker Greenbank, the interior furnishings manufacturer and distributor, will simplify its structure by rebranding as Sanderson Design Group later this year in a move it says better reflects its activities.

Bedding manufacturer, distributor and licensee Comfy Quilts found growth in 2019–20 buoyed by increased demand from an online retailer with whom it has familial ties.

The Italian group that makes furniture under licence for a series of high-end lifestyle brands spanning Fendi Casa and Bentley Home has strengthened its leadership team.

British furniture manufacturers continued to narrow the year-on-year production deficit as they brought employees back from furlough, new Government figures show.

August saw a ninth straight annual slide in living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports with all five of the most recent months seeing double-digit declines.

The production company behind a new business investment television show is calling for furniture makers who may be interested in participating to contact them.

Shortages of foam and particle board are reducing production capacity and driving costs up, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which says retailers should brace for price increases.

Case goods supplier Willis & Gambier has a new visual identity after its new owner revealed the outcome of its largest investment yet since acquiring the brand last summer.

Rauch Möbelwerke, the German furniture manufacturer with a big U.K. presence, has named Markus Jansen as its new international sales director.

Multi-depot wholesaler STS Flooring Distributors booked higher profits last year on wider gross margin and tight control over costs.

But North West conglomerate said it has still restructured its workforce to cut staff headcount by 20 percent, anticipating falling demand.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture importer Fortune Woods U.K. has moved into a new combined office and warehouse facility at Pontyclun, South Wales.

Mattress giant Tempur Sealy International has promoted Tobin James amid a raft of appointments including a strengthening of its senior leadership team in the U.K.

The Belfield Group, owner of Westbridge Furniture, Tetrad and one of the U.K.'s largest mattress factories, booked higher consolidated profits in 2019 despite a fall in group-wide revenue.

Growth in wholesale revenue for Kettle Interiors U.K. helped counter a decline in sales at its retail unit last year. Underlying profits for the case goods business were up nearly a fifth.

Production struggled to keep pace with demand at the height of summer as U.K. furniture factories reopened to a surge in orders.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and furniture vertical, says it has been trading at record levels for a number of months.

The Senator Group, the North West furniture giant, is proposing up to 174 redundancies as it braces for reduced demand for new and replacement workplace furniture.

Furniture prices at the factory gate inched forward last month ahead of manufacturers facing the impact of a spike in raw material prices this autumn.

Calligaris Group, the contemporary Italian furniture maker whose products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide including the U.K., says the medium-term outlook is positive despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furnishings conglomerate Hunter Douglas has been told to divest at least 51 percent of its shares in window dressings etailer 247Blinds after a ruling by the U.K. competition watchdog.

Britain's furniture and bedding retailers should brace for imminent price increases with sofa and mattress makers here coming under intense raw material price pressure, particularly for foam.

The value of case goods imports into Britain weakened from every major source nation in July, new Government figures show.

Woodbender, a family-owned and run South African cabinet maker specialised in handcrafted made-to-order solid bentwood furniture, is launching into the British market.

Headlam Group says it will either sell or terminate the leases at four properties as Europe's largest flooring wholesaler consolidates more of its southeast England operations at its new Ipswich distribution centre.

German bedroom supplier Wiemann is to showcase an upgraded programme of finishes and options for its popular Monaco VIP range at three separate U.K. furniture events this autumn.

The value of wood cabinet imports shipped to the U.K. in the first six months of 2020 is down just over a fifth on last year, a less severe decline than those seen in all other big-ticket furniture categories.

One-time major U.K. cabinet distributor says it will record a loss for the first half of 2020.

Sales growth is returning according to soft furnishings group Walker Greenbank, whose Clarke & Clarke brand last month enjoyed its best yet since it signed a new distribution agreement.

Britain's leading furniture and bed trade associations will today announce the launch of the Buy British Furniture Event, designed to encourage retailers to promote U.K. made products and support local manufacturers heading into the key autumn/winter trading period.

A survey of U.K. furniture makers suggests the effect of the lockdown has been worse than anticipated, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Grandeco Wallfashion Group, a pan-European interiors company based in Belgium, has agreed to buy Darwen wallpaper specialist Holden Decor from its private shareholders.

FIRA International has awarded Humanscale, the designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products, an Ergonomics Excellence Award for its FR 500 Ergonomics Foot Rocker.

Profits were down by a third for one of the country's largest privately-owned bedding and home textiles manufacturers last year after a double-digit decline in sales.

Birlea Furniture recruited two of the best known figures in the U.K. furniture industry to lead the launch of the first new products from Willis & Gambier, the premium cabinet brand it acquired last year.

A loan provision and the decision to write down slow moving and obsolete stock ahead of a major range overhaul hit profits at decorative lighting group Elstead last year.

Supplier to U.K. furniture industry will next month launch the first needle punch non-wovens from a new production line.

David Lane, the longtime face of mid-high end cabinet furniture company Willis & Gambier, has left his role at Birlea Furniture, the owner of the brand.

Year-on-year furniture prices at the factory gate turned negative in June as British manufacturers emerged from lockdown to record the lowest official reading in more than 14 years.

A wholly-owned U.K. business unit of prestige designer furniture brand Ligne Roset is solvent and retains group backing amid the uncertainty surrounding the virus, its French owner has said.

Furniture and lighting design company Established & Sons has appointed Steve McGuire, md at Tom Dixon since 2018, to lead the company through the post-Covid landscape.

Another chunk of Italy's storied furniture industry is American-owned after one of the world's biggest manufacturers added a €90 million maker of furniture under prestige lifestyle labels to its roster of subsidiaries.

The company behind the multinational Light & Living brand paid £800,000 to acquire the business and assets of Gloucestershire home accents wholesaler Parlane International, administrator Mazars has revealed.

Revenue climbed at Coach House last year with the furniture and home accents wholesaler's profits up sharply as it finalised an earlier-reported settlement with the tax authorities.

One of the U.K.'s largest wholesalers of domestic cabinet furniture returned to the black last year after a rise in output and cost controls.

Designer furniture business Carl Hansen & Søn booked a big increase in profits as it built out revenue to record levels last year. The Danish company said it still hoped for a positive result this year, despite the pandemic.

A high-end East Midlands fitted furniture manufacturer says its balance sheet remains robust despite a six-week factory shutdown and it reporting a loss last year.

Product sales have fallen by more than a third since February 1, high-end interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank said yesterday.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the manufacturer and retailer of prestige fitted furniture sold via its own showroom network, has refinanced its debts.

French cabinet maker's London based subsidiary secures company voluntary arrangement (CVA) after only non-connected creditor declines to vote, objecting to amount ascribed to outstanding debt.

Neptune, the upholstery, furniture and home furnishings vertical, will pay £17,350 to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust after its failure to register as a packaging producer prompted enforcement action from the Environment Agency.

The return to market of cabinet furniture brand Willis & Gambier will gather momentum with already-previewed product lines to be available ahead of the start of the golden quarter.

Revenue jumped double-digit for a key soft furnishings supplier to Dunelm as it supported the out-of-town home retailer's growth plans on the way to completing ten straight years of top line improvement.

Britain's furniture factories helped grease the wheels of the manufacturing economy in April despite lockdown, as companies assembled and supplied essential products.

Long before Covid-19 entered the vernacular, another form of virus had a negative effect on one major general merchandise wholesaler's revenue in the 2018–19 financial year.

The long-planned closure of Brintons' yarn-spinning manufacturing facility in Telford was confirmed late last week, impacting more than 70 employees.

New senior internal sales appointments at cabinet furniture brand Kettle Interiors.

Shipments of sofas and mattresses arriving at U.K. ports halved in April as the two categories continue to lag compared with imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet.

A shift in consumer behaviour during lockdown has prompted Portmeirion, the tableware, dining, gifts and home fragrances manufacturer, to look to boost its ecommerce business.

The U.K. Government has formally launched its Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which will protect furniture suppliers in the case of customer default and boost confidence along supply chains.

Tariffs on the imports of selected furniture products into the U.K. will be reduced from January 1, 2021, making them cheaper to buy for distributors and retailers.

Lightmakers, the company behind the multinational Light & Living wholesale brand, has acquired the business and assets of Gloucestershire home accents and décor supplier Parlane International.

Samson Holding, the Far East furniture conglomerate that ran case goods distributor Willis & Gambier for 11 years until spring 2019, has disclosed the price achieved for the sale of its U.K. company assets.

Almost a quarter of the workforce at the Laura Ashley-owned South Wales soft furnishings manufacturing business Texplan returned to work in order to produce scrubs for NHS staff.

Litmus Furniture, the U.K. sole agent for bedroom manufacturer Wiemann, says it will resume operations next week. It will take orders and begin delivering and installing product from Monday June 1.

High-end furniture and lighting brand Gabriel Scott is expanding its U.K. and European distribution after it agreed a partnership with designer furniture retailer Nest to sell its products online.

Parlane International, the home accents and décor wholesaler bought by Gallery Direct early last year, is for sale after being placed into administration.

The W Exhibition, the furniture manufacturing and joinery trade fair held every other year in Birmingham, has been postponed until September next year.



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